Canada Skier buried in avalanche airlifted to Calgary in critical condition
Skier found three days after becoming lost near Rossland, B.C.
Skier Mark Gayowski has been found alive after being missing for three days near the Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C. According to the Trail RCMP, 34-year-old Gayowski was located “safe and sound” early Wednesday afternoon. Gayowski, a long-time Rossland resident, was last heard from on Monday afternoon when he called his mother. Mounties were called at about 5 p.m. that day after he failed to return from a run on the backside of Red Mountain. At the time there was not a lot of snow cover, and the area has several disused mine openings. An initial search was conducted Monday night but was limited by darkness, dangerous terrain and the start of heavy snowfall.
A woman was buried under snow for just under an hour before her friends managed to rescue her from an avalanche north of Lake Louise on Friday, according to STARS.
The 32-year-old woman was skiing with her friends by Mount Hector, in the Bow River valley of Banff National Park, when an avalanche was triggered, burying her under the snow. STARS crews were told by the woman’s friends that she had been trapped under the snow for about 45 minutes before they were able to recover her, STARS said in a statement.
AHS from Banff responded to the incident first at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Friday, EMS spokesperson Stuart Brideaux said Saturday. The skier was transported from the scene by Alpine Helicopter to the Banff Warden office where they were met by STARS.
STAR-1 was called to the Banff Warden office around 3:34 p.m. to airlift the woman to Foothills Medical Centre. The woman was in critical condition when they arrived at the hospital at 5:04 p.m.
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